Working Group III authors met virtually on 19-23 April to continue their work on the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. The meeting was hosted by the Government of Italy and drew together 280 experts from around 70 countries to start the preparation of the final draft of the report and second draft of the Summary for Policymakers.
IPCC Working Group III is responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change – responses and solutions to the threat of dangerous climate change by reducing emissions and enhancing sinks of the greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming.
The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) will assess mitigation options in sectors such as energy, agriculture, forestry and land use, buildings, transport and industry, and consider these in the context of sustainable development. For the first time, it will examine the link between greenhouse gas emissions and themes such as consumption and behaviour, and the role of innovation and technology. The report will also assess the connection between short to medium-term actions and long-term emission pathways that will limit global warming.
The final draft of the report will be circulated to governments later in 2021 for their comments on the Summary for Policymakers. The IPCC Panel is currently due to consider the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report at a plenary session in early 2022, although dates remain subject to revision because of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A virtual outreach event named ‘Climate change and our future – driving the transition’ has been held on Wednesday 28th April by the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) in partnership with IPCC Working Group III, and with the support of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of Italy.
This interactive online event provided members of the public with the opportunity to engage with scientific experts, young leaders and artists, and government representatives in the midst of the official IPCC meeting on the topic of climate change.
The event included two parts:
- Science and Policy: strategies, solutions, opportunities
- Ambition: the climate, the future, and the young generations
Guests and speakers of the virtual outreach included Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction writer and author of Ministry for the Future (2020), Antonio Navarra, focal point to the IPCC for Italy and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Richard Newell, President and CEO of Resources for the Future, and other lead authors of IPCC WG III.